Wilding pine is an invasive species that has infested over 800,000Ha in the SI and 300,000Ha in the north (2007). The NZ Wilding Conifer Management Group website is a focal point for information on this topic. Wilding & Co are turning … Continue reading
Ngataringa Organic Garden Biochar Gathering Sunday 16 November, 3pm 27 Lake Road, Devonport, Auckland Cam Smith and the ABE team invite you to see biochar production and application to develop the use of biochar in the Auckland region. Socialise and exchange notes with other … Continue reading
I posted about the Hikurangi Foundation last year, as a potential supporter for community based biochar project initiatives. They have subsequently morphed into the Akina Foundation and have spread their wings across NZ… Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off “We’ve … Continue reading
Following on from the previous BANZ conference post, check out this directory which is being managed by BANZ. Most of the listed projects would benefit from being aware of the many overlapping opportunities associated with biochar production and/or application. 330 projects listed. … Continue reading
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the winners in its 2014 Mayors Challenge, an ideas competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life and that have the potential to spread to other cities… Stockholm, … Continue reading
Judges decide no winner in Rotorua Land Innovation Challenge 11 Jun 2014 “A competition aimed at finding viable alternative land uses for landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment did not find a winner. While several entries for the Innovation Challenge … Continue reading
Here’s a campaign worthy of support. Josh Kearns has a long history of good work in Thailand. This is a very well presented pitch… https://experiment.com/projects/can-biomass-char-remove-toxic-synthetic-chemicals-from-drinking-water “Toxic synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and pharmaceutical residues are a major threat to drinking … Continue reading
The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme… http://www.mpi.govt.nz/environment-natural-resources/funding-programmes/slmacc-research-programme Theme 2: Mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Theme 2 specifically lists biochar and soil carbon as appropriate research themes. I have an inquiry placed with … Continue reading
One of our group members has supplied the following report… “After consulting with a few international experts and a few knowledgeable local people, we took their cautions seriously and decided to start with a small “open burn” rather than a … Continue reading
We have been getting inquiries for biochar – mainly from gardeners wanting to experiment. As interest grows, demand for larger quantities should follow for commercial application trials. If you are producing biochar in NZ and you are able to share some of your production with gardeners or researchers, then please get in touch.
As the market for biochar matures, we should develop some principles and guidelines for sustainable and safe biochar production, post-treatment and application. The easiest path for now may be to follow IBI, European or other international production / testing guidelines.
We are developing a list of NZ biochar producers who may be able to provide biochar or biochar based products from direct inquires. The producers page will provide contact details and product information.